Ragnhild Hemsing


Photo by: Cathrine Dokken

Ragnhild Hemsing stands out amongst the rising stars in Norway as a remarkably poised artist. Her unique upbringing, deeply immersed in the rich folk music traditions of Norway, enables her to be one of the first artists to successfully merge the instantly identifiable characteristics of Norwegian folk and classical performance in a young, fresh, and entirely contemporary fashion.

She supplements her large repertoire of standard solo classical works for violin with more unusual and complex works written for the Hardanger Fiddle. Ragnhild’s most notable contemporary collaboration is her work with the Norwegian choreographer, Hallgrim Hansegård. Both have performed YR, by Norwegian composer Lasse Thoresen, throughout Norway and she has recorded this work for her solo debut-CD on the Simax label. This CD as well as her recording of Halvorsen’s “Fossegrimen”-Suite for Chandos with the Bergen Philharmonic and Neeme Järvi, and her most recent CD Northern Timbre received outstanding critical acclaim.

After her outstanding debut at the Beethovenfest Bonn 2013, Ragnhild Hemsing was awarded the prestigious Beethoven-Ring of the “Citizens for Beethoven”. Performances over the past seasons include the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, the Gothenburg Symphony, the Residentie Okest, the NDR Radio Philharmonic Hannover, the Beethovenfest Bonn, the Tampere Philharmonic, the MDR Radio Symphony Orchestra Leipzig, the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Düsseldorf Symphony at the Tonhalle Düsseldorf, the Risør Chamber Music Festival, the Schwetzingen SWR Festival, the Tonhalle Zürich, Bad Kissingen Festival, and the WDR Funkhausorchester Cologne, among others.

She has performed the world premiere of Lasse Thoresen’s Sprang, together with her sister Eldbjørg and the Trondheim Soloists at the Bergen International Festival with further performances at St Petersburg’s Marinsky Concert Hall, the Bashmet Festival in Omsk, the Moravian Autumn in Brno, and at Trondheim celebrating the Trondheim Soloists’ 25th anniversary.

Next debuts include the Weimar Staatskapelle, and the George Enescu Philharmonic in Bucharest, and more.

Conductors with whom she has worked include Eivind Gullberg Jensen, Kristjan Järvi, Neeme Järvi, Ion Marin, and Santtu-Matias Rouvali. She has given guest appearances at all the major festivals of Norway, and she is a well-known artist on Norwegian radio and TV. Together with her sister, Eldbjørg Hemsing, she recorded a one hour documentary on the life of the famous Norwegian violinist Ole Bull which received an EBU award.

Along with her sister Eldbjørg, Ragnhild is the Artistic Director of the Hemsing Festival in Valdres. Born into the heart of the Norwegian folk region, Valdres, Ragnhild began to play the violin at five years of age and continued her studies at the prestigious Barratt Due Institute of Music in Oslo, followed by studies with Boris Kuschnir in Vienna. She plays on a Francesco Ruggeri violin (Cremona, 1694) kindly on loan from the Dextra Musica Foundation